Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update
16 April 2012
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I'm a rare breed; a native New Yorker. I grew up in a Queens home like Jerry Seinfeld and the Ramones (who I incidentally lived near). A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, I went on to become a photographer with an emphasis in fashion. I've been doing ministry Downtown for years and I've seen God move in the lives of the outcasts of the city. My heart is for the least of these and I hope to serve often with Redeemer Downtown and use my experience for the kingdom.
I hope and trust that you had a blessed and refreshing Holy Week. While the resurrection of Jesus is something that we commemorate in the calendar once a year, as those who know Jesus, we are Easter people and therefore the reality of the resurrection has implications for our lives every day of the year.
Over the next few months, you'll be receiving bi-weekly updates on various things going on with the Downtown congregation. What's most exciting is that we have strong reason to believe that we'll begin worship in a Downtown location some time this fall.
As you may remember, our recent RENEW campaign provided resources for a Downtown congregation that would utilize space either at Hunter College or the W83 Ministry Center and would move to a Downtown location some time in the future. We'll be telling people more about this in a few weeks, but we now believe that we we'll be able to begin worship Downtown this fall, which would be much earlier than originally anticipated. Please do pray for this and for a space to open up very soon.
Thanks so much for all of your prayers and commitment to making the Downtown congregation a thriving and life-giving community!
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor
These devotionals are to help you prepare for the Sunday to come. This week's devotional is written by Jeff White.
“Jesus is hard to obey in as much as he is hard to believe.” That is how one writer sums up the issues at the heart of our half-hearted obedience. In other words, much of our failure to obey Jesus whole-heartedly arises from the fact that at some level we have some skepticism and misgivings about whether he was God incarnate, crucified and risen from the dead, and before whom we will stand at the end of history....
What a blessing it was to have worshipped with almost 500 people at the Maundy Thursday service! A huge thank you goes out to all of our volunteers that made it happen - from the greeters, ushers, food servers to all who prayed with us for the event - thank you!
Check out the highlights from the event by clicking on the photo album. A special thank you to Michael Coniaris, a Downtown congregation photographer who volunteered to take photos to commenmorate our first Maundy Thursday worship service and dinner!
Needing Downtowners with the Gift of Hospitality!
Former Redeemerite, Ken-David Masur, (son of conductor, Kurt Masur) is the founder and director of the annual Chelsea Music Festival. CMF celebrates great music in dynamic intimate venues throughout Chelsea with the world’s leading musicians and exciting newcomers on the international music stage.
CMF is looking for a number of Redeemerites to house their guest musicians. If you or someone you know can room a single musician or a married couple for a week, 10 days or two weeks, they would be considered a CMF sponsor (not to mention extending the gift of hospitality). The dates for festival housing are June 10-24th and go to http://www.chelseamusicfestival.org/ to learn more about the festival.
Please contact Ken-David Masur, firstname.lastname@example.org and Cc: email@example.com if you are able and willing to serve in this capacity.
By Downtown...we mean Brooklyn too.
Celebrate spring and the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens on Saturday, April 28th at noon.
Join Downtown Catalyst participant, Jerome Michaux, as he leads a group of Downtowners to choose over 60 events and performances celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking here, in doing so you will receive meeting instructions and how to purchase the $15 ticket online. Space is very limited, please register by April 25th.
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